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Unit details

HMO703 - Community Optometry 1

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 3: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)^

Credit point(s):4
EFTSL value:0.500
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry or H710 Master of Optometry

Unit chair:

Alex Gentle



Contact hours:

The equivalent of four days per week placement in community settings supported by access to Cloud (online) learning experiences.


^Students enrol at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and undertake clinical placements in metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


In this unit students will undertake clinical placements in community optometry settings in metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria for the equivalent of four days per week. Their learning will be supported by access to cloud (online) learning materials with up to one day per week devoted to private study. Students will extend their previous learning of the competencies for optometry practice defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) through application in the community optometry settings. There will be particular attention to assessment and prescribing of pharmacological interventions for common conditions in optometry. The experience gained will enable students to analyse and reflect upon legal and ethical issues; professional, management and business development; and the social, public and population health context of optometry practice.


Assessment task 1: Portfolio (3000 words) 15%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (3000 words) 15%

Assessment task 3: Progress tests (2 x 1.5 hours) 15%

Assessment task 4: Integrated case examinations (2 x 2 hours) 15%

Assessment task 5: Mini-CEX (3 x 1.5 hours) 25%

Assessment task 6: Supervisor report 15%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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